This is woman power pure: eight women, most of then over 60 years old, came together to build the Aldeia da Luz (Village of Light). While most of their contemporaries all over the world prepare to retire, these women do the exact opposite: they create a basis which allows them to persue their dream professions.
Next to the already completed handicrafts and art centre (Casa Sandra) two more houses, a textile studio and a medicinal herb workshop, are presently being built.
Three experimental dwellings, planned and built in bow shapes by Gernot Minke, Professor for Clay Architecture at the University of Kassel, as well as the above mentioned Casa Sandra designed by Martin Pietsch and built by Sandra Schmidt, together with a tree nursery run by Roland von Stromberg are part of the Aldeia da Luz. The centre of this exeptional little village is formed by a small pond. Around this pond further projects are being built:
the Textile Studio of Alice Lindstedt and the Herb House of Helle Rainer, Irma Fäthke, Inge Seher, Iris Wacker, and Heidrun Pietsch.